Champions create lasting memories!

Vishal Tripathi broke Jon Harvey's 20-year Burnley amateur batting record
Vishal Tripathi broke Jon Harvey's 20-year Burnley amateur batting record

Burnley chairman Michael Brown believes the undisputed champions have created memories that will last a lifetime after they sealed a historic Lancashire League clean sweep.

The Ron Singleton Trophy holders, who later added the Worsley Cup and Twenty20 silverware, won their first league title in nine years at the weekend courtesy of a seven-wicket win over Haslingden at Turf Moor.

The result, coupled with Accrington’s victory over Ramsbottom at Acre Bottom, meant that Bharat Tripathi’s men stole Lowerhouse’s crown with three fixtures remaining.

“Records are there to be broken and to win all four trophies in a year is a great achievement,” said Brown.

“With the Ron Singleton Trophy there’s only two teams that can possibly do that so it makes it even harder. It also means that it’s a continuation from the previous year.

“We are all truly proud of what we’ve achieved. It’s been a real squad effort and a lot of people have contributed. It’s been quite a magical season. What we’ve done is very rare.”

Brown added: “We’ve made memories that will last a lifetime. We will always have this season to talk about whether it’s this year or in 20 years time.

“This is right up there in my career. I’ve had some great experiences and played with some good players but I never won much.

“I’m very proud to be a part of this and have the title role of chairman. We’ve been involved in a season that may never be topped.”

Vishal Tripathi’s contribution of 49 runs also saw the former Northamptonshire batsman surpass Jon Harvey’s 20-year-old amateur batting record at the club.

And the 27-year-old did it in style, hitting a six to pass the 1,014 run mark.

“Vishal has performed absolutely brilliantly this season,” said Brown. “His form really dove-tailed well with how my brother (David Brown) played.

“They’ve done exceptionally well. They’ve scored around 1,900 runs between them and that’s absolutely huge.

“Jon Harvey was a very good player and I’m sure he will be happy that the record has gone to another top player.

“Vishal is a technically gifted and talented player. His batting ability can be very destructive to the opposition.

“Vishal’s record will now take some beating and he could still go on to score another couple of hundred runs. He’s been integral to our success.”

On Sunday, the champions were beaten by rivals Lowerhouse by four runs at Liverpool Road.

Home side professional Cobus Pienaar was the stand-out batsman as he hit 80 in the West Enders’ 229-9 tally.

Vishal added another 59 runs to his haul while David Brown added another half-century in the reply.

However, needing five to win off the final over, with one wicket remaining, Matt Walker brought an end to proceedings by bowling Tom Lawson.